No Diffuser Required! 5 Room Spritzer Recipes (w/ Free Printable!)

homemade air fresheners

Ya’ll, I love my essential oils.

I really do consider them life-changing, and I use them all.the.time in my home.

Being a recovering candle-aholic (well, I still appreciate a good candle on a snowy winter night…), I especially love using my diffusers to spread the benefits of the oils all over my house.

The cool thing about essential oils is, not only do they smell pretty, but they can also have medicinal benefits as well.

However, if you are just starting out with oils, then purchasing a diffuser right away might not be in your budget. (Although I have this one that Amazon sells and it’s a little workhorse for a reasonable price!)

These five simple room spritzers are a wonderful way to quickly freshen up a room, even if you don’t own a diffuser. Just mix up and spray to your heart’s content!

5 Easy Room Spritzer Recipes

A few guidelines:

  • I am a stickler for quality essential oils. The cheapie ones at the health food store just won’t cut it for me. That’s why I use and love doTERRA– you can read more about them here, or find out how to purchase them for yourself.
  • These recipes are for small batches. Feel free to double or triple if you find a mix you really like!
  • You can use whatever type of water you have available- I just use our plain tap water.
  • Not only does the addition of the vanilla extract in some of these recipes make the blend smell fabulous, but the alcohol in the extract actually helps the mixture to not clog up the spray nozzle. (Just make sure you are using the real stuff– the fake “vanilla” isn’t the same. Here is how to make your own vanilla extract.)
  • Because some essential oils have the tendency to break down plastic, if I am going to consume a blend, I always, always keep it in a glass container. However, since I won’t be drinking any of these mixes, I don’t have a problem sticking them in a plastic spray bottle if I’m running low on my glass spritzers. However, these 4 oz glass spray bottles are generally my favorite for DIY sprays (like my homemade hand sanitizer, sunburn relief spray, or laundry spot remover!)
  • If you don’t have one of the oils called for in a certain recipe, feel free to play around and substitute something else, or leave it out all together.
  • Give your spritzers a good shake before you spray to make sure the oils are mixed into the water.

homemade air fresheners

1. Minty Citrus Twist

Combine 4 drops Peppermint essential oil + 4 drops Wild Orange essential oil + 1 Tablespoon real vanilla extract in 8 oz of water.

2. Sweet Lavender

Combine 8 drops Lavender essential oil + 1 Tablespoon real vanilla extract in 8 oz of water.

3. Summer Citrus

Combine 3 drops Wild Orange essential oil + 3 drops Lemon essential oil + 3 drops Lime essential oil + 3 drops Grapefruit essential oil in 8 oz of water.

4. Cozy Holiday

Combine 3 drops Wild Orange essential oil + 3 drops Cassia essential oil + 3 drops Clove essential oil + 1 Tablespoon real vanilla extract in 8 oz of water.

5. Stop and Smell the Flowers

Combine 3 drops Lavender essential oil + 3 drops Geranium essential oil + 2 drops Clary Sage essential oil + 2 drops Grapefruit essential oil in 8 oz of water.

Free Printable Labels!

Here are some labels to use on your spray bottles if you like.

1. Click on the picture to download

2. Save the .PDF file to your computer

3. Print as many copies as you would like! (If the labels are too big for your bottle, you may need to reduce the size before printing.)


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  1. says

    The link for the 4 oz glass spray bottle from amazon takes you to a kindle edition of a camping book. Wanted to let you know so that you can fix it. Love the post.

  2. says

    If you add a t of epson salts to the bottle, the oils will suspend better and not just stick to the sides. I keep saying I am going to make some of these. I will add it to mu list this week.

  3. says

    Your timing is perfect! My dance teacher was spraying some horrible chemical filled air “freshener” around the studio last night. (Apparently we stink up the place when we’re working hard! Go figure!) I volunteered to make an air freshener that wouldn’t kill us all… I think I’m going to try the Minty Citrus Twist!
    Thank you!!!
    (By the way, I couldn’t get the link to the labels to work. It said “page not found.”)

  4. says

    Thanks for these! I only have the lavender right now, so, that’s the spray I’m going to try! They all sound heavenly though.

  5. Penny says

    Jill…thank you so much for sharing your recipes. I am very excited to try out a couple of these recipes. Reading you from Helena, MT!

  6. Karen Bader says

    Im looking online for spray bottles and i came across aluminum ones at specialty; think they would work as well as the glass or should i stick w glass; my concern is it falling off of the toilet and/or one of the kids breaking it. Thanks! Cant wait to try these!!

  7. says

    You can also add just a touch of liquid vegetable glycerin to the bottle to help mix the oils with the water.

  8. Miss.Fanny says

    how long would you say the shelf life is? if it isnt long, do you think adding a all natural preservative would help?

    • says

      Hmmm… since many essential oils have antibacterial properties, I’ve never had issues with these going bad. Although I don’t keep them around for years either. 😉

      • Cheryl in France says

        I inherited my grandmother’s essential oil collection when she died (I went looking for it in her cabinet- she had always made homemade sachets and potpourris with them). Most of them are still at full strength, easily identifiable by scent alone. I’d say the tangerine and maybe the spearmint are weakest, but def. identifiable.

        Oh- she died in 1996, and I know she had mpst of them for YEARS (think depression mentality- stocked up on and saved EVERYTHING) before that too…so for *fragrance* purposes, I’m saying they’re fine- I can’t say without lab testing if all the other properties are still present…

        Coolest thing is I can open some of them and feel really close to her still. Priceless.

  9. Amber says

    I saved the labels, but since it is in pdf format I can’t seem to edit it. Please help :)